Building a Home, Rebuilding Lives
They are hammering it out for their community and themselves.
Phoenix Rising is a community project spearheaded by the Ocala Police Department along with the Marion County Habitat for Humanity chapter.
A group of troubled youth ages 18-21 participate in a 15-week educational and job-training program. During that time, they can earn their high school diplomas or GED's and work towards going to college. They also help build a home through Habitat for Humanity.
"That's what we are trying to do here with these young people, give them hope, give a family a home," Ocala Police Chief, Sam Williams told TV20. "I can't tell you how important that is to the police department, to these young people and to the city," he said.
This is the second Phoenix Rising project in Ocala, and because of it's success other cities are now inspired to start the program.
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